The shared collect for next Sunday (February 10) and the weekdays following:
Let us pray (in silence) [that our hope in God may influence us daily]
Keep the household of your church, O God, [or Keep the whānau of…]
safe in your tender compassion,
so that we who entrust ourselves totally to your heavenly grace
may always be defended by your protection;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
This is part of my reworking collects, in my Book of Prayers in Common, with history and commentary.
This prayer is sourced in the Hadrianum (sacramentary given by Hadrian I to Charlemagne in 785-786) where it is a prayer over the people at the end of the Eucharist on Saturday in the second week of Lent. It is in the Gelasian sacramentary (collect for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany), in Benedict of Aniane’s supplement to the Hadrianum (810-815 – where it is also the collect for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany). Alcuin placed it there also. Both traditions were preserved through the Sarum rite and Missale Romanum 1962.
Familiam tuam, quaesumus Domine, continua pietate custodi: ut quae in sola spe gratiae caelestis innititur, tua semper protectione muniatur. Per Dominum
Here is my commentary for this collect for Ordinary 5.
In the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, this Sunday is suddenly the “5th Sunday in Ordinary Time” – even though in our Formularies, Ordinary Time only begins after Candlemas (which many NZ communities moved to last Sunday) and so this should be called our “First-or-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time”….
I am not in favour of our NZ Formularies’ confused, confusing, and conflicting approach to begin Ordinary Time with “The 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time”. I am fine with the majority Christian position which starts Ordinary Time with the Baptism of Christ on the Sunday which falls between 7 and 13 January. That way, we have happily been counting up to this coming 5th Sunday. Celebrate Candlemas on February 2 by all means – but think twice about Sundayising it and never reading Luke 4:21-30 nor the great 1 Corinthians 13 at a Sunday Eucharist…